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Everyman 3,407/22 January

Posted by Pierre on January 29th, 2012


As always, a delightful beginner-level puzzle from Everyman to get brain in gear on Sunday morning.  Some particularly smooth surfaces today, and one definition I had never come across before.





cd  cryptic definition
dd  double definition
(xxxx)*  anagram
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x]  letter(s) removed


1 Like staff serving drinks inside?
A dd, with the definition of ‘inside’ being ‘in prison’.

6 Ring up about singular musical composition
A charade of O for ‘ring’,  a reversal of UP and S for (grammatically) ‘singular’.

9 Strong admiral in hold
Another charade of FULL for ‘strong’ and Horatio for the wrestling ‘hold’.

10 Principal boy appearing in theatre-in-the-round
Hidden in theatre-in-tHE-ROund.  Nice surface.

12 Books one consultation, primarily about the ear
The adjective relating to the ear is a charade of OT for ‘books’ (Old Testament), I for ‘one’ and the first letter of ‘consultation’.

13 Really showing skill penning two articles
Another way of saying ‘really’ is an insertion of the definite and indefinite articles, THE and A, in ART for ‘skill’.  An excellent example of a smooth surface for a beginner-level crossword.

16 For a change all then see grand opera
(ALL THEN SEE GRAND)*  The anagrind is ‘for a change’ and it’s Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.

18 Rarely alone? No, I’m one cub that’s been abandoned
(ALONE NO I’M ONE CUB)* with ‘that’s been abandoned’ as the anagrind.  Referring to the times when we have two full moons in one calendar month, allegedly.  But that’s not actually that rare.

19 A danger to shipping, one key diver recalled
A charade of I for ‘one’, C for the key with no sharps or flats in it, and EBERG as a reversal of GREBE for the diving bird.  The handsome Great Crested Grebe is my personal favourite.

21 Snake by front of gazebo makes one breathe in sharply
A charade of G for the first letter of ‘gazebo’ and ASP, the snake what did for Cleopatra.

24 Yobbo left unconscious
A charade of L and OUT for ‘unconscious’.

25 Style of decoration our aunt Eva used
(OUR AUNT EVA)*  The anagrind is ‘used’.

26 Fix a ragout
A dd.

27 An opportunist, a doctor accepting dare
An insertion of VENTURE for ‘dare’ in A DR.


1 Polish comic opera singer having love spurned
Another fine surface for a clue in an entry-level crossword.  Remove the O from BUFF[O] to get a synonym for ‘polish’.

2 Hard on everybody in auditorium
A charade of H for ‘hard’ and ALL.

3 Their new one’s surprisingly still in ignorance
(THEIR NEW ONE’S)* with ‘surprisingly’ as the anagrind.

4 Hood’s battle
A dd, referring to the headgear and the battle in 1854 as part of the Crimean War, and best remembered for The Charge of the Light Brigade.

5 Port? Jack’s on a Spanish wine
A charade of RIO, the setter’s port of preference, J for ‘jack’ and A to give you the Spanish wine.

7 Safeguard a picture on shifts
(A PICTURE ON)* with ‘shifts’ as the anagrind.

8 Gun down a crocodile to show off
A charade of SHOOT for ‘gun down’, A and LINE for ‘crocodile’, the formation that little ones do hand in hand when they’re out of school and walking in town with their teacher.

11 Company out of County Clare has distributed a farce
([CO]UNTY CLARE HAS)* with ‘distributed’ as the anagrind for the farce by Brandon Thomas.

14 Dreadful, the French records
A charade of CHRONIC for ‘dreadful’ and LES for one of the French definite articles.

15 Clued ‘shone’ cryptically, as planned
(CLUED SHONE)* with ‘cryptically’ as the anagrind.

17 Coach’s dedication
A dd. A DILIGENCE is a type of stagecoach, especially in France.  I never knew that.

20 Pierced with a horn, former vice-president died
A charade of Al GORE and D for ‘died’.

22 Stand in pub drinking last of wine
‘I can’t stand him/I can’t bear him.’  The last letter of winE in BAR for ‘pub’.

23 Rotary file’s whirring sound
I thought at first Everyman was looking for a reversal, but it’s just a dd.  SOED definition 2 (noun): ‘A dentist’s or surgeon’s tool for producing a smooth cavity.’  Definition 2 (verb): ‘A whirr, a vibratory, buzzing or rushing noise.’

Thanks as ever to Everyman for another pleasing Sunday morning puzzle.

10 Responses to “Everyman 3,407/22 January”

  1. Rishi says:


    What’s the one definition that you “had never come across before”? ‘Burr’ as a surgeon’s tool?

    It is probably from crosswords that I knew of it but I have never set my eyes on one.

    However, last year when I was on the operating table to have haematoma on both sides of my brain tapped out, the neurosurgeon must have wielded it on my head. Still I can’t pick a burr from the surgeon’s equipment.

  2. Pierre says:

    Hi Rishi. That sounds scary! No, it was DILIGENCE for ‘coach’ that was new to me.

  3. Davy says:

    Thanks Pierre,

    BURR was the last one in and I didn’t realise that it was just a dd, although it is strange that ‘Rotary file’ = rub . I’d also never heard of LINE for crocodile.

    Lots of great clues as always and particularly liked BEHIND BARS, ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, BUFF and CHRONICLES which amused me.

    Incidentally Pierre, how long does it usually take you to complete this puzzle ?. I always seem to struggle to get the last few.

    I also think that to keep describing this puzzle as beginner or entry level, is offputting to new crypticians who maybe don’t get very far with it. Just my opinion.

    Thanks Everyman.

  4. Pierre says:

    Morning Davy.

    You make a good point, I think. The Everyman – as its name suggests, I suppose – is aimed at newer and less experienced solvers. There’s never a theme to complicate things; there are few ‘obscure’ words; and the cluing is generally pretty straightforward with a lack of cryptic definitions, which some solvers find hard. So is it a ‘beginners”puzzle like the Quiptic? Certainly not my intention to put solvers off by using that definition – I suppose if you come to this site then you’re interested enough in improving your solving to see how it all worked and hopefully do better next time. And for sure, there’s no shame in not getting it all out – that happened to all of us when we started out. It would be nice to get a few new contributions from so-called ‘beginners’ to let us know what they could and couldn’t manage. Otherwise it’s just the regular contributors who will, fair enough, say that they found it straightforward.

    As for my times, I don’t really pay much attention, but I guess around 30-40 minutes. But I’m not a fast solver, and it certainly has been known for me to get stuck on the last few (this morning’s puzzle being a prime example!)

  5. Robi says:

    Nice one, Everyman, and thanks to Pierre.

    I, too, had never heard of DILIGENCE as a coach. I rate myself as a beginner and cut my teeth on the Everyman crosswords because, as you say, they do not usually have obscure words and the clues have fairly straightforward parsing (unlike yesterday’s Guardian prize, which I only solved with lots of aids and a little help from the web.)

  6. AJK says:

    Am I a beginner? I suppose so. Started cryptics in December 2008 with Everyman. Took 3 months to get to same day finishes. Now I’m doing Azed, but still enjoy winding down with Everyman. There are usually 2-3 clues I struggle over every week, so a completely ‘unaided’ finish is still a rare event.

  7. Hughr says:

    I am definitely a beginner. I can count on one hand the number of cryptics I have fully completed.

    After managing a rare Everyman completion the week before, I made very little progress with this and for no good reason other than I didn’t have a great deal of time to look at it and when I did I couldn’t seem to make any further breakthroughs after answering a few initially. As I have a stack of Everymans in a big clip and the book of them, this year I am trying a new approach of cutting it out on Sunday and then leaving it on the table to re-visit as and when I get chance during the week before checking the answers in the paper and here the following week.

  8. DROPO says:

    I’m not a beginner, but I’m far from an expert. I complete about 20% of the daily Guardian puzzles and about 33% of the daily FT puzzles. That said, I generally find the Quiptic a little bit harder than the Everyman, and both about as hard as RUFUS/DANTE. I usually get them, but usually about 90% or more complete if I don’t. I don’t know if there’s a true “beginner” puzzle in either paper. None of them make life easy.

  9. Pierre says:

    Thank you, new contributors, for your comments. Keep coming back and telling us how you’re getting on!

  10. MOG says:

    Awsome explanations, I appreciate the learning thanks. Best help I’ve had with cryptics yet!

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